Floridians with no income and the resources to pay for health care costs can apply for Medicaid public assistance. There are a number of categories of people that the federal Medicaid program assists, including the elderly, families with dependent children, and people with disabilities. Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) enrolls Floridians eligible for Medicaid through its Access Florida program. Enrolling prepares you with your Florida Medicaid ID number.
Department of Children and Families web 1 Visit Florida at dcf.state.fl.us. Click on the access Florida Food, Medical Assistance and Cashier’s website.
2 Select “Apply for benefits.” Choose the “Preselection” option if you need to check your eligibility before applying.
3 Start the online application. Check the “Medicaid” box on the benefit selection page.
4 Get your ACCESS line number. Set a password. Save the number and password.
5 Complete the online application. Provide information about your home, assets, employment, income, and expenses.
6 Submit the form electronically. Alternatively, print the completed application form and fax or mail it to a Florida access customer service center.
7 Report changes or check the status of your case, go to the MyAccess account website.
8 Complete any other steps required by DCF, including providing documentation and meeting with a social worker.
9 Get your Medicaid ID number when you are approved for benefits. Print a temporary Medicaid card through your MyAccess account. Receive a permanent gold Medicaid ID card after processing.
Tips and Warnings
- Elderly Floridians seeking assistance from Medicaid for nursing home expenses should check the box “Nursing Home Medicaid Coverage” on the benefits page of the application. If you need financial assistance with Medicaid eligible home or community-based services, check the “HCBS / Waivers” box on the benefits page of the application.
- Do not give false answers on the application in order to receive benefits. You can be denied future benefits, fined, or jailed for public assistance fraud.